It's frustrating to be under imperfect authority. And sometimes it's more than frustrating—we suffer when someone's authority is unfair, capricious, or just plain wrong. But does that let us off the hook? Do we have to listen only to those we agree with?
Robert Smith explains how God calls us to submit to authority—even imperfect authority—and that, as we do so, we are following in Jesus's steps. As we redirect our trust from fallen authority figure to the gracious and loving God who is ultimately in charge of our life, we can avoid the traps of bitterness and expectation and become more like Christ.
Robert Smith, MD, is a retired physician; board member of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors; author; conference speaker; instructor and counselor at Faith Biblical Counseling Ministries; and author of counseling minibooks. He and his wife, Leona, have four children, seven grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.
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